Our Fair Trade Teas

Be Fair

A few years ago, we started our partnership with Fair Trade USA. The goal was to offer teas that gave back. Today, we carry over a dozen fair trade teas and blends, including a number of our Fan Favourites.

But what is fair trade, and what are you supporting when you purchase these teas? Fair trade means that farmers and workers in developing countries get a fair price for the products they make. Simply put, Fair Trade organizations “help farmers build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.”

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The great estates

Now that you know the basics, let’s meet a couple of our fair trade partners:

Wuyuan Xitou Tea Farmers’ Association

This 600-member association was one of the first tea producers in China to become Fair Trade Certified, and now sells its product internationally. Since 2005, fair trade has helped the association:

  • Create scholarships for future university studies.
  • Invest in a new processing facility.
  • Plan for a central collection facility.

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Runatarpuna Exportadora

Guayusa has always been important to Ecuador’s Kichwa people. And with the help of the Runa Foundation, they’ve become the first and only international supplier of this Amazonian super-leaf. Currently, Runa’s fair trade efforts support 2,386 guayusa farmers, helping them to:

  • Diversify exports and stabilize earnings.
  • Expand and invest in farms and production.
  • Access micro-credit loans.

So what’s next?

Needless to say, we’re thrilled to be celebrating our two year anniversary with Fair Trade USA, and we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities. In the meantime, if you want to purchase fair trade, just look for the logo!

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4 Responses to Our Fair Trade Teas

  1. Lise May 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Are pesticides used on Fair Trade teas?

    • Anna June 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      Fair Trade is an important label for indicating the sustainability through social/economic impact of a product. However, it does not indicate whether a product is organic. It’s a good question because in many cases it is going to be difficult to verify whether a Trade Fair product is organic and pesticide free. I imagine the Fair Trade farmers operate similarly to small local US farms, which operate with organic methods but cannot afford to be certified USDA Organic. But the Fair Trade certification alone isn’t an indication of organic farming.

  2. Cory March 11, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    How can I tell which of your teas are fair trade when I go to your store? In the online store, it looks like there is only one kind of tea that is currently fair trade certified.

    I love David’s Tea, but my wife and I have decided to exclusively switch to fair trade after learning about the poor conditions on many tea plantations around the world. I would like to keep drinking your teas but am having trouble knowing which ones are certified.

    Thanks for your help!

    • DAVIDsTEA March 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Cory! If you ask our tea guides which teas are Fair Trade, they would be more than happy to let you know.

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